Ritz Cracker Broccoli Casserole
- Nunzio Jul 17, 2009 06:22 PM
I tried this casserole at a party last year and really liked it. I was invited to a pool party tomorrow and thought I would bring this. I searched for a recipe and found thousands, but I'm not sure which one is a good one. Does anybody have a good recipe for this casserole?
Not sure if this is what you had, but here is my family's recipe
5 packages frozen chopped broccoli
1 large Velveeta cheese
1 package Ritz Crackers
2 Tbsp melted butter
Cook broccoli as directed on package. Drain. Cube Velveeta cheese and add it to broccoli. Let melt. Crush Ritz crackers. Add butter to crackers. Put broccoli in casserole dish. Top with crackers. Bake 350 degrees, uncovered for 30 minutes.
For this particular dish, must be Velveeta. I use a pound. Add 1/4 cup of milk and melt in small saucepan. Then layers of broccoli or cauliflower ( I use fresh, steamed), cheese sauce poured over each, layers of crushed Ritz topped with pats of butter and baked half hour. A family favorite since the 70s.
My sister Kathy (in Yonkers) makes this for me every time I visit. Here is her recipe.
Mix together until blended:
1 cup mayonnaise
1 can cream of mushroom
Thaw and drain 20 oz broccoli flowerettes. Stir into first mixture and pour into a butter 13 x 9 baking dish.
Dot top of dish with the stick of butter.
Crush 1 sleeve of Ritz crackers and mix with 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese. (I use more cheese.) Sprinkle over the casserole.
Bake at 350 for 45 min
Lightly 3 cups steam broccoli florets(I add cauliflower too) and cut, peeled stems.
Toss with 1/2 c mayo mixed with 1 to 2 tsp favorite mustard, pinch each of S&P.
Place in buttered shallow casserole and toss with 3/4 c shredded cheese--add some assertive flavored chees like Fontina, Asiago, Gouda, etc. Top with roughly crushed Ritz or other "buttery" cracker and some Parmesean to taste.
Sometimes I add bacon bits or minced ham bits for added "umph:.
Bake at 350 till heated through well.
My family has a similar recipe to catrn but I changed it by cooking the broccoli with a minced onion. I put some crushed crackers in the bottom of the casserole add the broccoli and then I melt the Velveeta with 3 or 4 tablespoons of butter and pour it over the broccoli. Top with more crushed Ritz crackers mixed with a tablespoon or so of butter and bake. Real comfort food!!!